College Football Daily Fantasy Helper: Thursday 11/7/19 Main Slate

Week 11 of college football is here! FanDuel's Thursday night college football DFS main slate includes two games.

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As for the basics, your roster consists of a quarterback slot, two running back slots, three wide receiver slots (which also includes tight ends) and one super flex slot. In the flex, you can insert one player from any position, including quarterbacks.

Here, our goal is to help you field a roster full of fantasy goodness, and in true numberFire fashion, we'll use our in-house projections as well as betting totals and advanced statistics to tackle as many slates as possible in the lead-up to the College Football Playoff. This week, we are breaking down Thursday's main slate, which locks at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Let's breakdown which players are in great spots as well as identify some players with cheap price tags that will allow you to roster the high dollar players.


Jordan McCloud, South Florida ($8,200) – McCloud has accounted for 14 of the South Florida Bulls’ 28 offensive touchdowns this season. He is expected to start this week despite sitting out the second half of the Bulls' 45-20 win over the East Carolina Pirates two weeks ago due to injury. This week’s matchup with the Temple Owls has been fantasy friendly to opposing signal callers in recent weeks. Brady White of the Memphis Tigers threw for 363 yards and two touchdowns. Shane Buechele of the Southern Methodist Mustangs went for 457 yards and six touchdowns. Dillon Gabriel of the Central Florida Knights finished with 218 yards and three touchdowns. Also aiding McCloud’s case this week is that freshman Jah’Quez Evans is likely to miss tonight’s game due to a concussion. Evans will, at times, replace McCloud at quarterback and run the “wildcat” offense.

Anthony Russo, Temple ($8,000) – This slate lacks a “clear-cut” top quarterback play. The junior signal caller has thrown for 1,873 yards and 16 touchdowns in eight games this season (both are best on the slate). While Russo cedes snaps to Todd Centeio at quarterback, he’s also attempted at least 32 passes in each of the three Temple road games. In those three road starts, Russo has thrown for 637 yards and five touchdowns.

Others to consider: Levi Lewis and Bryce Carpenter (if Fred Payton is out)

Running Backs

Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana-Lafayette ($10,200) - Mitchell is the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns' leading rusher with 705 yards rushing and 12 rushing touchdowns (which ranks eighth in the country) on 116 carries this season. The junior has topped 109 yards rushing in two straight games. Mitchell is in prime position to add to his double-digit touchdown count this week against a porous Coastal Carolina run defense. The Chanticleers rank 79th in rushing yards allowed (171.9 rushing yards allowed per game) and have surrendered 16 rushing touchdowns in only eight games.

Jordan Cronkrite, South Florida ($8,700) – Cronkrite paces the Bulls with 587 yards rushing and four touchdowns on 108 carries this season. He’s averaging an impressive 5.4 yards per carry. The senior has topped 129 yards rushing in three of the last four games. Cronkrite is catching the Temple defense at the right time. In the last three games, the Owls have allowed 712 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns.

Re’Mahn Davis, Temple ($8,600) – After rushing for 135 yards and two touchdowns in a breakout performance against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, Davis has hit a lull. In the Owls’ last three games, he has been limited to 152 yards rushing and one touchdown. However, this is a solid bounce-back spot for the freshman running back as the Owls travel to South Florida. The Bulls’ run defense ranks amongst the worst in the nation (allowing nearly 200 yards rushing per game and have surrendered 18 touchdowns via the ground in only eight games).

Trey Ragas, Louisiana-Lafayette ($8,400) – The dynamic runner is averaging 8.6 yards per carry, which ranks second nationally. Additionally, Ragas has scored at least one touchdown in six of the seven games he’s played in this season. The junior ball carrier is expected to return to the lineup tonight after sitting out of last week’s game with an ankle injury.

Others to consider: CJ Marable, Raymond Calais, and Jager Gardner

Wide Receivers

Branden Mack, Temple ($8,900) – Mack has been on fire in the Owls’ last three games. The junior wide receiver has recorded 17 receptions, 294 yards receiving, and three touchdowns in that span. Mack’s 629 yards receiving this season is tops on the slate, and his five touchdown receptions are tied for first on the slate (with teammate Isaiah Wright, who we'll get to in a minute). Additionally, Mack has been targeted 10 or more times in five games this year.

Jaivon Heiligh, Coastal Carolina ($7,800) – Heiligh is the Chanticleers’ top wideout. The sophomore has 39 receptions, 432 yards receiving, and two touchdowns through eight games. Heiligh has at least six receptions in three out of the last four games. The emerging pass catcher hauled in 12 passes for 107 yards receiving in last week’s 36-35 win over Troy.

Isaiah Wright, Temple ($7,700) – Wright is one of three wide receivers with at least 40 receptions on this slate (the other two are his teammates, Branden Mack and Jadan Blue). The senior wide receiver is tied for the team lead with five touchdown receptions. The big-play threat who also doubles as kick returner is exactly the type of player to roster on a short slate. Wright is a threat to score from anywhere on the field.

Others to consider: Ja’Marcus Bradley (if he plays), Randall St. Felix, Mitch Wilcox, and Jadan Blue

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